Hackers have infected the infrastructure of Parkview Medical Center, the largest health center in Pueblo County, Colorado, with ransomware for cryptocurrency.
Citing a hospital employee, Fox News reported on April 24 that Meditech, the Parkview Medical Center’s patient information storage system, was infected with ransomware and disabled. The hospital confirmed the incident in a statement:
“On Tuesday, April 21, the Parkview Medical Center was the target of a cyber incident that disrupted several of our IT systems.”
As Cointelegraph recently reported, lRansomware attacks on hospitals remain constant despite the decline in the total number of attacks in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
The Parkview Medical Center informed Fox that it had switched to a paper registration system to track and treat patients.::
When Parkview found out about the incident, he immediately hired leading forensics to investigate, and damage limitation is already underway. Patient care is always our top priority. Patients will see no impact on the level or quality of care offered. “
Ransomware is a major threat to cyber security
Ransomware malware is evolving rapidly and is increasingly viewed by many as the leading, if not the greatest, threat to cyber security. While almost every ransomware discovered so far requires a ransom for cryptocurrency, check point cyber security company recently uncovered a new ransomware attack in which attackers demand credit card payment.
As Cointelegraph reported earlier this month, another breakthrough ransomware recently started moving from Bitcoin (BTC) to Monero (XMR) to protect the identity of the cybercriminal.